Image by Dr Helen Newall
To keep it short, sweet and simple it is a story about people, progress and positivity.
Images from duet with Charlene Kaliyate below by Adam Holloway
and flying image by David Edwards, Image 61
Making, Performing, Producing, Facilitating, Public Speaking, Networking, Researching, Learning and Sharing.
“Her commitment to the art form is strong and sincere and she is constantly striving to develop and push her growth. I strongly believe that Lauren has the potential to become a leading figure for the dance sector in the North West and should continue her growth.” Gary Clarke UK
In education and training, Lauren went to Hilbre High School, Liverpool Community College, Liverpool John Moores, and continued her training through 12 Degrees North Dance Company funded by Arts Council England (2012-2015). She also has a Diploma To Teach In The Lifelong Learning Sector from Liverpool Hope University. Lauren works with a diverse range of people, in a diverse range of settings using movement as the starting point.
As a performer, Lauren has performed in her own solo work, dt.ellipsis, and in works by Gary Clarke (A solo for Ludus Dance- Light Up Lancaster, SENSES at Dance Base, Take It To The Hub, Capstone Theatre), Antonia Grove, Filip Van Huffell, Alesandra Seutin, James Wilton, Joseph Raey Reid, Kate Cox and Maria (Stealing Sheep- MIF), dt.Ellipsis, Kate Jackson, Company Carpi, Lisi Perry, Taciturn Dance, Ithalia Forel, Movema, George Adams, Le Petit Mort , Sole Rebel and Charlene Kaliyate.
In 2014, Lauren began exploring Aerial Theatre with Wired Aerial Theatre through the Plumb Project supported by Leftcoast. Since then Lauren has enjoyed learning Vertical Wall and Bungee Assisted Dance. In 2019, Lauren worked with Wired Aerial Theatre to film a VICE documentary and became a qualified bungee workout instructor.
Most recently, Lauren has been funded by Arts Council England to make ‘Neverland’ an interactive, immersive and inter-disciplinary performance using dance and digital technology, for young people and families. The work explored digital identity and youth culture and was shown in libraries, youth friendly spaces and online. The first phase of the work was supported by Arts Council England, Cheshire Dance, Cheshire West and Chester Libraries and Wired Aerial Theatre. Partners involved in this project also include Storyhouse, Liverpool John Moores University, Creative Youth Development Wirral and Action Transport Theatre.
Lauren has been making work since 2008, and made her own work as a site based performance with 12 Dancers at the Kazimier, in a collaborative work with dt.Ellipsis. Lauren started making work as an artist in residence at MDI through their residence programme in 2011. Lauren created a solo work that was originally commissioned by 12 Degrees North with mentorship from Gary Clarke, and gained continued support through MDI, Moving Dance Forward, The Garrick Trust and Northern Dances- Dance City, Yorkshire Dance, Contact Theatre, and Tilt at The Kazimier.
In 2018, Tuckshop Dance Theatre and collaborators were commissioned by The Hamilton Projects to create three versions of a live piece of dance concerned with the animal behaviour of Flamingos; a duet, a trio and ensemble piece that integrated professional and young dancers in to the work. ‘Flamingos’ was commissioned in partnership with Chester Zoo, as part of Cheshire Dance’s Super Senses Project. www.cheshiredance.org/Zoo%20Wild%20Worlds/index.html
From October 2015- October 2019 Lauren worked as a dance development artist for Cheshire Dance. Lauren is currently on Dance Consortia North West's Mentoring Programme. Through her work with Tuckshop Dance Theatre, Lauren is becoming increasingly interested in dance, young people and change, and has a desire to further develop her creative practice through physical and virtual play. She was recently selected as a Class of 2020 artist on the artist development programme at The Lowry.
To find out more about Class of 2020 click here: www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/article/supporting-artists-not-productions?fbclid=IwAR2Atc00VtlBEyVdlQBH7qT_W211Ir_q5EZq-STORKLBtWTiAnr9XKy2qdU
Lauren facilitates learning, participation and creative experiences in community and education settings with anybody and every body. Lauren has worked with MDI, Movema, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre to facilitate meaningful dance experiences for people with different motivations and reasons to dance.
Lauren loves working with young people and emerging artists in her creative pursuits and has made work with Homegrown Youth Dance Company (U Dance 2019, Dancing Stories at Chester Cathedral, Now Dance, and Yes To Youth), Centre Pointe Youth Dance Company (U Dance Nationals 2017, U Dance 2018, Lancashire Youth Dance Festival) and Encompass Collective. Lauren is also shaped by her work with young people at Cross Roads For Kids in Boston (2008-2009) and Open Windows Foundation in San Miguel Duenas in Guatemala (2015)
Lauren has worked in Further Education, a range of Higher Education Institutions in the NW, Secondary and Primary Schools. She fully supports and advocates for cultural Education the #BACCFORTHEFUTURE campaign. In 2018-2019 Lauren worked with Curious Minds on their CASE (Culture and Arts Schools Experts) Fellowship Programme and continues to be a cultural education activist.
Image above by David Edwards
Links to some performance work
"I started dancing at a young age and it played a huge part in giving me a voice, shaping my values as an active citizen and to make sense of the world around me. Dance allows me to continue to explore my interests, who I am and what I want to express, and how I want to share it with the world. I value conversation, collaboration and collective impact." Lauren Tucker
Image below by Craig Sanders
Image below by Craig Sanders
"I have been shaped by the shared experiences in my life, my identity, the people I have met and the conversations that I have had. There have been so many moving moments in my life, and significant experiences that lead to this calling and sense of purpose. I have seen dance transform people and enhance their lives over and over again. My teachers, youth workers, mentors, dance artists and cultural leaders have inspired me and supported my personal development. I am inspired by the persistent nature of my family, my football club and most importantly by young people. We have a lot of work to do and undo! I will pay tribute to Dawn Jaffier through all of my work for she loved dance, community pride, and serving young people in her life pursuits. If you don't know Dawn, she was my co-worker in Boston. At the age of 27 Dawn's life was taken, you can learn more by googling her, and finding her tragic story in Boston News Sources. We must continue to tell stories, to recover truth and to demand change." Lauren Tucker